Rogue prison officer among gang in court over conspiracy to supply drugs into HMP Doncaster
Four people, including a prison officer, have admitted conspiring to supply drugs into HMP Doncaster.
They have appeared at Sheffield Crown Court accused of conspiring to supply drugs and illicit articles into a number of prisons, and associated money laundering.
Prison officer Rio Moran, aged 30, from Halifax, pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply Class B drugs into prison, conspiring to convey banned articles into prison and money laundering.
James Millington, 31, of HMP Leeds, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class B and C drugs into prison between 2017 and 2020, conspiring to supply Class B drugs into prison and conspiring to convey banned articles into prison.
Claire Anderson, 32, from Stockport, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class B and C drugs into prison between 2017 and 2020, conspiring to supply Class B drugs into prison and conspiring to convey banned articles into prison.
Callum Reilly, 30, of no fixed abode from the Stockport area, pleaded guilty to supplying a Class B drug to Anderson, conspiring to convey banned articles into prison and money laundering.
The court heard that officers from South Yorkshire Police’s prison anti-corruption unit arrested prison officer Rio Moran as she arrived for work in November 2020.
A substantial amount of drugs and phones were found at her home address.
While officers were searching her home, Callum Reilly attended and tried to post further contraband through the front door of the address and was arrested. The contraband was bound for HMP Doncaster.
HMP Doncaster inmate James Millington was found to be the recipient of the items and was also arrested.
His partner Claire Anderson was found to have assisted and was detained at her home in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Drugs and phones bound for prison were also found at her property.
All four will appear before Sheffield Crown Court on November 5 to be sentenced.
Detective Sergeant Gareth Gent, who led the investigation, said: “This is an example of the hard work and processes developed in conjunction with our prisons to allow us to quickly identify corruption and effectively deal with those responsible. South Yorkshire Police are committed to supporting our prison establishments.”